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June 2024


Spanguard Corporation - Product Announcement
03 June 2024 President of Spanguard Corporation, Dan Klasel, is pleased to announce the company’s acquisition of the “Tri-Bar / Four-Bar” product line from Starline Holdings. Klasel stated, “this acquisition rounds-out our product line with lower amperage systems we previously couldn’t offer. With a cross section of only 5 square inches, this compact system can fit in small spaces and provide reliable power to operate aircraft hanger doors, ergonomic workstation cranes, appliance assembly lines and amusement park rides, among others.

May 2024


Mazzella Companies Acquires Piedmont Hoist & Crane
30 May 2024 This acquisition positions Mazzella as one of the preeminent manufacturers of overhead cranes and lifting equipment in North America.

Bishop Buys Oceanside Equipment
30 May 2024 Bishop Lifting, a portfolio company of Altamont Capital Partners, has acquired Oceanside Equipment, a leading wholesale distributor of rigging and mooring products.

How Digital Trends Will Push Overhead Lifting To Greater Heights
17 May 2024 With the advent of digital intelligence, overhead lifting components are smarter — and safer — than ever before. The digital trends impacting the design of today’s cranes, hoists, monorails, and workstation cranes will push these lifting technologies’ potential to even higher levels. Here’s how.

Adapting Manufacturing for the Future: Modular Crane Systems
16 May 2024 In the ever-evolving landscape of manufacturing, adaptability is paramount. As facilities strive for efficiency, flexibility, and growth, the choice of equipment becomes increasingly critical. Among the range of solutions, enclosed rail crane and monorail systems offer a blend of versatility and scalability to meet the dynamic demands of modern production and manufacturing environments. Demag KBK modular crane and monorail systems are engineered with foresight and adaptability in mind.

MHI announces new VP of finance
10 May 2024 After 36 years of dedicated service, MHI announces the retirement of Vice President of Finance, Mike Laurent.

CraneWerks regional expansion
10 May 2024 CraneWerks has announced Bo Ambrose has joined the team as regional sales engineer, marking a pivotal moment for the company, as it expands across the East Coast of the United States.

US 'National Safety Stand-Down Week'
07 May 2024 OSHA is partnering with key groups to launch National Safety Stand-Down Week (May 6-10, 2024), including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), OSHA approved State Plans, State consultation programs, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), the National Safety Council, the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE), the U.S. Air Force, and the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers.

Many times, maneuvering heavy, unbalanced, or awkward loads efficiently requires more than one hook
02 May 2024 ** Social Media excerpt: Many times, maneuvering heavy, unbalanced, or awkward loads efficiently requires more than one hook. Synchronized lifting with more than one hook with chain hoists presents another option for handling these cumbersome loads in manufacturing environments.

OZ Lifting Launches Industry-First Stainless Steel Lever Hoist
02 May 2024 Winona, Minnesota-based OZ Lifting Products LLC has launched North America’s first stainless steel lever hoist, in 0.25- to 3-ton capacities.

April 2024


OCH Digital issue - Spring Edition
17 April 2024 Download or read online for free here...

How Pre-Shift Hoist Inspections Keep An Overhead Lifting Operation Safe
16 April 2024 Before using a wire rope, chain, or lever hoist for the first time during a shift or day, it’s important that the operator perform a pre-shift hoist inspection. These inspections, recommended by the Hoist Manufacturers Institute (HMI), ensure the safety of personnel and the proper functioning of the hoist. The HMI Technical Committee recently presented a webinar, “Dos and Don’ts of Safe Hoist Operation,” highlighting several best practices — including inspections. Ultimately, pre-shift hoist inspections keep an overhead lifting operation safe.

HoistCam by Netarus Announces Ingo Schiller as CEO
12 April 2024 Netarus LLC, a leader in hook-mounted cameras with its HoistCam product line for the crane, lifting and heavy equipment industries, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ingo Schiller as its new fractional Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 April 2024. Ingo brings a wealth of experience from his long career in the crane and lifting sector, exceptionally positioning him to steer HoistCam towards its future objectives with expanded offerings.

Caldwell Lifter, Rotator for Telescope
12 April 2024 The Caldwell Group Inc. has delivered a custom system for rotating a track section during manufacture of the world’s most powerful telescope.

Bishop Buys Bairstow
12 April 2024 Bishop Lifting, a portfolio company of Altamont Capital Partners, has acquired Bairstow Lifting Products, headquartered in Atlanta.

March 2024


End Users Join #GLAD2024 Campaign
28 March 2024 The countless industries that use lifting equipment are being urged to unite in support of Global Lifting Awareness Day on Thursday 18 July.

CMCO and Milwaukee Tool to launch BatteryStar battery hoist
21 March 2024 Columbus McKinnon Corporation (CMCO), has jointly developed the BatteryStar battery hoist, with Milwaukee Tool’s expertise in lithium-ion battery and brushless motor technology.

5 Best Strategies to Prevent Overhead Crane Breakdowns and Downtime Costs
20 March 2024 In today’s business world, many industries heavily rely on cranes, particularly overhead cranes, for lifting and moving heavy materials. However, overhead crane breakdowns can lead to costly downtime, accidents, and even fatalities. According to a study by Lloyds British, there are common causes of crane failure that significantly contribute to these issues. This article will discuss the five best strategies to prevent overhead crane breakdowns and reduce downtime costs for your business.

Prevent Off-Center Picks With Detection Systems For Overhead Handling
18 March 2024 Although nothing replaces training and experience when it comes to improving safety in overhead lifting, there are devices that can alert operators to unsafe conditions. Among these risky situations is an off-center pick, also known as a side pull. In these scenarios, the load is not directly underneath the hoist and its chain, wire rope, or web strap. Connecting to and attempting to lift the load in this orientation is extremely dangerous. That’s why many operations choose to add safety technologies to their overhead crane and hoist systems. Here’s how to prevent off-center picks by utilizing detection systems for overhead handling.

Jenny Eagle returns to Hoist
07 March 2024 Hoist is delighted to announce Jenny Eagle will be returning to the magazine as editor, starting this month. This is in addition to her roles as video reporter for LEEA YouTube channel and PR & Communications manager, Bridger Howes.